Mass. Eye and Ear Kicks Off Record-Breaking Campaign at 6th-Annual Sense-ation! Gala

October 14, 2015
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Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear celebrated the launch of the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital's 191 year history during the "Sense-ation!" Gala on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at the Westin Copley Place Boston. The evening featured appearances by Mass. Eye and Ear Chairman and Celtics Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck; honorary co-chairs Joey and Barrett McIntyre; special musical guests New Kids on the Block; Mass. Eye and Ear President & CEO John Fernandez; and Chairs of the Harvard Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Drs. Joan W. Miller and D. Bradley Welling.   

The program also featured highlights of the remarkable research advances Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists have made toward finding new treatments and even cures for blindness, deafness and cancers of the eyes, head and neck.

“The Campaign, which is called ‘Bold-Science, Life-Changing Cures,’ will provide critical resources to our physicians and scientists and their research teams,” said Fernandez. "This will accelerate our ability to deliver long-awaited and urgently needed treatments in vision and hearing to the millions of people who need them.”  

“We have a rare opportunity to make history here,” said Grousbeck.  “As the world’s leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, it is our responsibility to eradicate conditions that deprive individuals of their sight and hearing. We will stop at nothing short of cures.”   

This year’s Sense-ation! was the sixth annual gala for Mass. Eye and Ear and raised an astounding $1.6 million. Joey McIntyre has served as an honorary co-chair since the gala’s inception in 2010 to honor his young son Rhys, who was born with severe hearing loss.  

Bold Science.  Life-Changing Cures. Campaign Announcement
Bold Science.  Life-Changing Cures. Campaign Launch Video
Bold Science.  Life-Changing Cures. Campaign Website

About Mass. Eye and Ear  
Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck. Each year nearly 300,000 people, adults and children, from more than 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear, an independent specialty hospital with 17 locations in and around Boston. Mass. Eye and Ear is home to the world’s largest vision and hearing research centers, developing new cures through discovery and innovation. As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology through our highly competitive residency and fellowship programs.  Mass. Eye and Ear is considered one of the leading hospitals in the nation for high quality, affordable care and is ranked #1 in the nation for otolaryngology and #1 in New England for ophthalmology by U.S. News and World Report.